Personal Story

This Time They’re Gonna Let Me Stay in Florida

I’m back in Florida again. The last time I was here back in September, I almost got bamboozled by hurricane Ian. I arrived on a Sunday only to be told we had to evacuate the very next day. No hurricanes this time (well, not yet at least). But instead of not being able to get

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Personal Story

Tales From My Turkey Birthday

The Vargas family just got done enjoying a fun-filled long Thanksgiving weekend. We had our usual turkey family dinner on Thursday with the obligatory nap afterward. Then we celebrated my birthday on Friday. Yup, the Probate Fox is not immortal. But I like to think that I age like wine. A while back I told

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Goal Setting, Mindset, Personal Story

I’m Thankful I’m Not This Guy…Anymore

I saw a post the other day from a guy who was complaining that he just got home at 1am after a grueling 15 hour shift at work and was hoping to sleep in since his kids didn’t have school in the morning, but ended up only getting 5 hours of shut-eye because his kids

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Personal Story, Probate

Why Would Someone Make a Life-Size Han Solo Out of Bread?

Growing up in the 80s, I couldn’t help but be a huge Star Wars fan. The story of a fledgling republic fighting against the tyrannical empire captivated me. The groundbreaking special effects amazed me. The ensuing decades and questionable prequels and sequels haven’t dampened my enthusiasm. Then I heard about two bakers in Benicia, California

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Personal Story

UPDATE: Our Florida Probate Fox Team Is Safe

I finally did make it home on Wednesday from Florida. It took me over 11 hours of travel, but I landed safe and sound, very glad to be home. I will say that the time I spent in Florida while Hurricane Ian descended upon us affected me profoundly. Sure, part of it was the fact

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Personal Story

So Long John. Until We Meet Again.

Big cities are full of activity, action, and progress. Most people are busy running from one place to the next that they will often miss beautiful opportunities to connect with their fellow man on a real and meaningful level. I just found out that my friend John passed away the other day. John was a

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Negotiations, Personal Story

The Five Love Languages of Real Estate

On Wednesday, I told you about how knowing the local language helped me close a deal because I spoke the language of the locals. No, it wasn’t because I knew Spanish (which I do) or some other foreign language. Have you ever read the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman? It’s a great

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Personal Story

I Just Wanted Pancakes But Ended Up In A Gang War

If you’re old enough, you’ll probably remember hearing about the huge feud between the L.A. street gangs known as the Bloods and the Crips. Living in Los Angeles, I am no stranger to different gangs and I am not at all intimidated by gang members. But the truth is that even though the cost of

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Mindset, Personal Story, Probate Niche

Raden’s Probate Hell

Sadly, the Vargas family’s Italian vacation is coming to a close. We fly out today to head back home. We’ve all made memories I’m sure we will keep forever. But, I am looking forward to getting back to work. To be honest, I have been doing a bit of work while on the road. I’ve

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Personal Story, Probate Business

I Became a Privileged Roman Citizen Yesterday

Have you ever visited the Colosseum in Rome? We are about a week into our 2 1/2 week vacation and yesterday we took a private tour of the Colosseum. Our tour guide was amazing. In fact, he had the same traits my Probate Fox students have: strategy, wisdom, and cleverness. Over the years working in

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Personal Story

I’m Bringing My Dog With Me

So I heard that today is “Take Your Dog To Work Day”. That’s great news for me because I love my dogs. I have taken my German Shepard, Zoe or Kalea my whipador to work many times before. That’s the beauty of real estate. Kids soccer games, dance recitals, take your dog to work day

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Mindset, Personal Story

Rocky Balboa Won the Kentucky Derby

Last weekend one of the greatest upsets in all of sports history happened. And I didn’t think much of it until I saw an Instagram video from Sylvester Stallone about the race and the deeper meaning he found in that race. The horse Rich Strike was added to the race as an afterthought. I mean

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